A 22-year-old woman who dressed as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween has been flooded with threats of rape and murder after she posted a photo of the costume on social media, Buzzfeed reports.
Alicia Ann Lynch, of Michigan, posted a photo Thursday to Twitter and Instagram showing her covered in fake blood wearing running attire and marathon numbers on her torso.
People instantly began tweeting at her saying her choice of costume was "heartless," "disgusting" and "insensitive."
Things turned nasty when users found a photo Lynch had tweeted of her license and started contacting her, her family and her friends threatening things like murder, rape and arson.
Lynch reached out to Buzzfeed to describe her experience, including how she lost her job.
“I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face,” she told Buzzfeed. “I’m just like, I don’t even know how to respond to this right now.”
Her Twitter account, @SomeSKANKinMI, has been deleted and Lynch has apologized.
Now some users are calling for an end to the cyberbullying, saying Lynch has learned her lesson.
"@SomeSKANKinMI You guys, stop. Cyber bullying another human being is not going to undo her actions. She has apologized," @HanzBuhnanz tweeted.
Dressing as a Boston bombing victim was definitely a poor decision, but the response Lynch and her loved ones have received is completely unwarranted.
She's young and it was naive, but that doesn't mean she should be raped or murdered so the Internet vigilantes need to put down their pitchforks and let bygones be bygones.
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